Coalition confirms start of US withdrawal from Syria

Coalition confirms start of US withdrawal from Syria


The coalition convened to fight against the Islamic State group under the command of the United States has “initiated the process” of withdrawal from Syria and will not detail the terms, said Friday a spokesman.

The coalition has “begun the process of our voluntary withdrawal from Syria.For reasons of operational security, we will not detail the timing, location or movement of troops,” said Colonel Sean Ryan.

Donald Trump announced last December 19 the withdrawal of some 2,000 US troops deployed in Syria, taking his allies by surprise. Since then, the Washington administration has been sending messages to reassure its partners, promising to continue the fight against IS in the region.

The American channel CNN, quoted an administration official, said Thursday that a first shipment of equipment had been removed from Syria in recent days.

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